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Parent Conduct

To: San Antonio Sharks Parents:

Parents are vital to the development of young athletes. Whether sitting in the stands or helping out as a volunteer, parents must set a positive example. Parents, and adults involved in youth sports, should be models of good sportsmanship and lead by example on and off the playing field.
  • Give constructive criticism during a private moment, never in front of other parents, players, officials, spectators, etc.
  • Support your coach, and refrain from excessive "sideline coaching" from the stands.
  • Refrain from using profanity.
  • Abide by doctor's decision in all matters of players health and injuries, and physical ability to play.
  • Accept the decisions of officials on the field as being fair and called to the best ability of the officials. Parents must stay off the field and remain under control in order to set a good example for players and other spectators.
  • Do not criticize an opposing team, its players, fans, coaches or team, by words or gestures.
  • Support the coaches, players and officials and help teach the value of commitment to the teams, sportsmanship, ethical conduct, and fair play.
  • Inappropriate behavior is cause for immediate ejection from the stands. Repeat offenses will result in being barred from future games and league sponsored activities.
  • Parents will not encourage their child, or any other person, to engage in unsportmanship conduct with any coach, parent, player, participants, officials or any other attendee.
As a Parent you hereby pledge to provide positive support, care, and encouragement for your child participating with the San Antonio Sharks by following this Parents' Code of Ethics.
  • I (and my guests) will encourage good sportsmanship by demonstrating positive support for all players, coaches, and officials at every game, practice or other San Antonio Sharks event.
  • I (and my guests) will not engage in any kind of unsportsmanlike conduct with any official, coach, player, or parent such as booing and taunting; refusing to shake hands; or using profane language or gestures.
  • I will place the emotional and physical well being of my child ahead of my personal desire to win.
  • I will never ridicule or yell at my child or other participant for making a mistake of losing a competition.
  • I will insist that my child play in a safe and healthy environment.
  • I will require that my child's coach be trained in the responsibilities of being a San Antonio Sharks coach and that the coach upholds the Coaches' Code of Conduct.
  • I will support coaches and officials working with my child, in order to encourage a positive and enjoyable experience for all.
  • I will demand a sports environment for my child that is free from drugs, tobacco and alcohol and will refrain from their use at all San Antonio Sharks events.
  • I will remember that the game is for youth - not adults.
  • I will do my very best to make youth sports fun for my child.
  • I will ask my child to treat other players, coaches, fans and officials with respect regardless of race, sex, creed or ability.
  • I will help my child enjoy the San Antonio Sharks experience by doing whatever I can, such as being a respectful fan, assisting with coaching, or providing transportation.
As a parent, you understand that you will abide by the above Code of Conduct, if you do not live up to the Parents' Code of Conduct, you will be subject to disciplinary action that could include, but is not limited to the following: verbal warning by Official, Coach, or San Antonio Sharks director; ejection from gym or field; parental game suspension, game forfeit; or season suspension with no refund of fees.

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